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IN the preface to Dreams and Dream-Stories Mrs Kingsford speaks of the "priceless insights and illuminations," acquired by means of dreams which had elucidated for her many difficulties and enigmas of life, and even of religion, by throwing on them a light which penetrated to their very springs and causes. By far the greater number of the insights and illuminations thus referred to were received during the period of some fourteen years, in which it was my high privilege to collaborate with her in the work principally represented by our joint book, The Perfect Way; or, the Finding of Christ, having been expressly vouchsafed, first, to bring about our association in that work, and, next, to aid us in its accomplishment

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Table of contents

PREFACE

CONCERNING THE THREE VEILS BETWEEN MAN AND GOD

CONCERNING INSPIRATION AND PROPHESYING

CONCERNING THE PROPHECY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

CONCERNING REVELATION

CONCERNING THE INTERPRETATION OF THE MYSTICAL SCRIPTURES

CONCERNING THE MOSAIC COSMOGONY

CONCERNING THE FALL

CONCERNING THE PROPHECY OF THE DELUGE

CONCERNING THE PROPHECY OF THE VISION OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR 2

CONCERNING THE PROPHECY OF THE TIME OF THE END 1

CONCERNING THE SOUL: ITS ORIGIN, NATURE, AND POTENTIALITIES 2

CONCERNING PERSEPHONE, OR THE SOUL'S DESCENT INTO MATTER

CONCERNING THE GENIUS OR DAIMON

CONCERNING THE "POWERS OF THE AIR"

CONCERNING THE DEVIL AND DEVILS

CONCERNING THE GODS

CONCERNING THE GREEK MYSTERIES

CONCERNING THE ORIGIN OF EVIL, AND THE TREE AS THE TYPE OF CREATION

CONCERNING THE GREAT PYRAMID, AND THE INITIATIONS THEREIN

CONCERNING THE "MAN OF POWER"

CONCERNING THE "WORK OF POWER"

CONCERNING REGENERATION

CONCERNING THE MAN REGENERATE

CONCERNING THE CHRIST AND THE LOGOS

CONCERNING THE PERFECTIONMENT OF THE CHRIST

CONCERNING CHRISTIAN PANTHEISM

CONCERNING THE "BLOOD OF CHRIST"

CONCERNING VICARIOUS ATONEMENT

CONCERNING PAUL AND THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS

CONCERNING THE MANICHÆANISM OF PAUL

CONCERNING THE GOSPELS: THEIR ORIGIN AND COMPOSITION

CONCERNING THE ACTUAL JESUS

CONCERNING THE HOLY FAMILY

CONCERNING THE METEMPSYCHOSIS OR AVATÂR

CONCERNING THE ÆON OF THE CHRIST

CONCERNING THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE

CONCERNING THE "FOUR ATMOSPHERES"

CONCERNING THE HEREAFTER

CONCERNING THE TRUE EGO

CONCERNING GOD

CONCERNING PSYCHE, OR THE SUPERIOR HUMAN SOUL

CONCERNING THE POET, AS TYPE OF THE HEAVENLY PERSONALITY

CONCERNING PSYCHE

CONCERNING CONSCIOUSNESS AND MEMORY IN RELATION TO PERSONALITY

CONCERNING THE SUBSTANTIAL EGO AS THE TRUE SUBJECT

CONCERNING THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERIES

CONCERNING DYING

CONCERNING THE ONE LIFE: BEING A RECAPITULATION

PREFACE

IN the preface to Dreams and Dream-Stories Mrs Kingsford speaks of the "priceless insights and illuminations," acquired by means of dreams which had elucidated for her many difficulties and enigmas of life, and even of religion, by throwing on them a light which penetrated to their very springs and causes. By far the greater number of the insights and illuminations thus referred to were received during the period of some fourteen years, in which it was my high privilege to collaborate with her in the work principally represented by our joint book, The Perfect Way; or, the Finding of Christ, having been expressly vouchsafed, first, to bring about our association in that work, and, next, to aid us in its accomplishment. Many of them were accordingly used, either in whole or in part, in our book,--those that were not so used being reserved either as not coming within its assigned scope, or because their publication at that time would, we were instructed, be premature. The present volume comprises both those which were so used,--such of them as were there given in part being here given in full,--and those also which were withheld -the motive for their reservation being no longer operative; together with others, some of which have appeared elsewhere, and some were received subsequently. And the publication is made in fulfilment of the twofold purpose of separating Mrs Kingsford's illuminations alike from her ordinary writings and from mine as her collaborator; and in accordance with her express injunctions, emphatically renewed on finding her departure imminent. The present volume, however, does not exhaust the store of similar treasures left by her, but only such portion as comports with the form of publication here adopted. There still remain sundry lectures 1 and occasional papers, and the majority of her conversations with her Genius; for, as is shown in this book, she was privileged in this respect far in excess of any instance known to history;--conversations which, while also constituting illuminations, were of too personal a character for inclusion in these pages, comprising as they did not only instructions for guidance in circumstances of difficulty, but also intimations--fully borne out by evidence--respecting her own previous existences. For in this respect also Anna Kingsford was a demonstration of the great doctrine, the rehabilitation of which was an important part of her mission,--the doctrine of the pre-existence of the soul or Ego; of its persistence through all changes of form and conditions, and of its power, while still in the body, to recover and communicate to its exterior selfhood its recollections of its past existences. Belonging, however, to the category of the biographical rather than of the exegetical, all precise references in this relation are withheld from these pages, such allusions only being retained as are necessitated by the context. Although the questions of the derivation and significance of the matter herein contained have been treated with considerable fulness in The Perfect Way,--particularly in the preface to the revised and enlarged edition, 1--some account is not the less called for here; and this, not only for the sake of those readers who may not have prior acquaintance with that book; but also because the removal of the personality concerned has made it possible to speak with greater explicitness than was fitting in her lifetime. A comparatively brief statement, however, will suffice, since the questions to be satisfied are but two in number, and the answers to them will be addressed to such persons only as are already sufficiently developed, in respect of the consciousness of things spiritual, as at the least to be capable of entertaining propositions involving the reality of the region and experiences concerned. For this is a restriction which obviates the necessity of arguments and explanations, which could not be other than protracted, conceived in deference to those who, being totally devoid of the spiritual consciousness, are wont to make their own defect of sensibility an argument against such reality, and to regard denials based upon non-experience as effectually disposing of affirmations based upon experience. The two questions to be elucidated are--(1) The source and method of these illuminations; and (2) the nature and import of the revelation contained in them, supposing it to be, as confidently regarded by ourselves, a new and divine revelation. And this, whether judged by the method of its communication, or by its intrinsic nature. For the test, no less than the testimony, is twofold. As respects the first head. These illuminations are in no way due to artificial stimulation of faculty, whether by means of drugs, or by "animal magnetism," "mesmerism," or "hypnotism," or to the induction of any abnormal state through the act of the recipient herself or of some other person; all that was or could be done on this behalf being the promotion of the interior conditions favourable to the reception of them. And these conditions consisted, not in the search for phenomenal experiences--though these would sometimes occur--but in the intense direction of the will and desire towards the highest, and an unchanging resolve to be satisfied with nothing less than the highest, namely, the inmost and central idea of the fact or doctrine to be interpreted; the motive also being the highest, namely, the emancipation, satisfaction, and benediction of souls, our own and those of others. As will be seen from this book, the majority of her illuminations were received during natural sleep, some in satisfaction of their recipient's own difficulties, and some in immediate response to needs and mental requests of mine, of which she had no cognisance and surpassing her ability to have satisfied. And not unfrequently the responses surpassed the ability of either of us to comprehend them at the time,--though invariably coming through the consciousness,--and only on our subsequent advance in perceptivity did they fully disclose their significance, thereby proving their independence of our own limitations. They never failed, however, sooner or later, to demonstrate themselves to us as necessary and self-evident truths, founded indefeasibly in the very nature of existence, and never did we finally accept and use them until thus demonstrated to and recognised by us both. And such, precisely, is the authority to which appeal is made on their behalf, and in no way to book, person or institution--however sacred or venerable--or even to the manner of their communication veritably miraculous though this was, as the term miracle is wont to be understood. For, to cite the preface to [the First Edition of] The Perfect Way, we held it to be "contrary to the nature of truth to prevail by force of authority, or of aught other than the understanding; since truth, how transcendent soever it be, has its witness in the mind, and no other testimony can avail it. . . . What is indispensable is, that appeal be made to the whole mind, and not to one department of it only." Now, that mind only we had learnt to account a whole mind which comprises the two modes of the mind, the intellect and the intuition, and these duly trained and developed. Having such derivation and character, these illuminations are the product, simply and purely, of the process which has ever, by those versed in Divine things, been recognised as that whereby Divine communication occurs,--namely, the spontaneous operation of the Spirit in a soul duly luminous and responsive. Through such operation the perceptive point of the mind is indrawn and uplifted to a sphere transcending both the physical and the astral or magnetic, and one altogether superior--because interior--to those accessible to the mere lucid, sensitive, or clairvoyant; in that it is the inmost and highest sphere of man's manifold nature, the celestial, or "kingdom within." Attaining to this degree of inwardness, the soul is "clothed with the sun" 1 of full intelligence, recovering all memories and discerning all principles and significations, in measure according to its capacity as developed by the experiences gained in its many earth-lives and in the intervals between, and is enabled also to communicate of them to its